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The following is a re-print of a letter sent by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on April 6, 2018. 

April 6, 2018

The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen MP
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6
Via email

RE: Iranian Discrimination Public Reports

Dear Minister Hussen,

I am writing about public reports of systemic discrimination by Canada against Iranians, both residents here and overseas. The Iranian Canadian Congress advises me that you have not agreed to personally meet with them, although a meeting with officials is taking place.

We will work with the Iranian community to marshal the legal effort to investigate and remedy any discrimination. We urge your Ministry to announce immediate remedial steps to assure Iranians that Canada takes these allegations very seriously.

Thank you for giving this matter your urgent attention.


Michael Bryant
Executive Director and General Counsel
Canadian Civil Liberties Association

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